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Finding Resonance in Design + Heritage at PennDesign

April 19 2017

Garth Rockcastle, Doug Reed, Rob Rogers and Ann Beha discuss their approaches to design in historic settings with moderator Winka Dubbeldam, Chair of the Architecture Department at Penn Design (left to right). Courtesy of PennDesign.

Over 170 people registered for the Design + Heritage Symposium co-sponsored by the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at PennDesign and the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation on March 16th and 17th, 2017.   Marlon Blackwell FAIA delivered an inspiring keynote address on Thursday evening, focusing on design’s place between “the ideal and the improvised” in current culture.  With participants representing diverse disciplines and perspectives, the presentations and discussion afterwards on Friday were lively and provocative.  Scattergood Design principal Pamela Hawkes, who is Professor of Practice in Historic Preservation at PennDesign, organized the event. 

Key takeaways from the symposium have been synthesized by Molly Lester, graduate of the Historic Preservation Program at Penn, in a blog post for PennDesign News. The article includes links to videos of all the presentations and can be found at